Chief PNP inspects firecrackers and fireworks establishments in Bocaue

PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar David Albayalde (center) leads the inspection and visit at Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Devices stores in Bocaue, Bulacan together with (from left) Bulacan Provincial Director Chito Bersaluna, Chief FEO P/Chief Supt. Valeriano De Leon and PRO3 Regional Director P/Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel on Friday (Dec. 28, 2018). Photo by Manny D. Balbin

BOCAUE, Bulacan — The Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted an inspection in different firecrackers and fireworks establishments in Barangay Turo in the said town on Friday (Dec. 28) as they intensify its crackdown against illegal manufacture/sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Chief PNP together with PRO3 Regional Director P/Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Chief FEO P/Chief Supt. Valeriano De Leon and Bulacan Provincial Director Chito Bersaluna managed the stringent inspection as part of the intensified campaign “Ingat Paputok, Iwas Disgrasya”.

During the said inspection, various illegal firecrackers/pyrotechnic were presented namely, Kwiton Parachute, Bin Laden, Goodbye Bading, Atomic Bomb, Goodbye Philippines, OG Thunder, Kabasi, Pla-Pla, and Picolo.

According to Bersaluna, compared to the incidents on RA 7183 (illegal firecrackers/fireworks) recorded last year 2017 by the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, a total of 14 persons were arrested, while 4 were arrested this year.

“As for the stray bullet and indiscriminate firing, the Bulacan Police recorded zero incident in the year 2017 up to present,” Bersaluna added.

The public is again reminded by the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) of Bulacan PNP regarding the types/kinds of firecrackers that can be sold to the public to be used for the expected revelry over the holidays as well as to adhere with the designated public fireworks display zone within your area.

The prohibited firecrackers are those overweight (not more than 0.2 gram or not more than 1/3 teaspoon), oversized (like Super Lolo, Giant Whistle Bomb, etc), the fuse of the firecracker should not burn less than 3 seconds but not more than 6 seconds, imported finished products and firecrackers with mixture of phosphorous of sulfur with that of chlorate.

The following are the penalties for those who will be caught manufacturing, selling distributing, or using illegal firecracker and pyrotechnic devices: a fine of Php20,000-Php30,000, imprisonment of six months to one year, cancellation of license and business permit and confiscation of inventory stocks.

Bersaluna also added the Bulacan PPO strictly implements the Executive Order No 28 of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to all the manufacturers and sellers of fireworks products in Bulacan, to comply with all the requirements needed, these are strict adherence to the order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), certifications from the National Police (PNP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Meanwhile, Albayalde expressed elation that many people seem to have already aware and obedience to the law and that LGU’s had been abiding with community fireworks practice.

He said latest hospital records show only 24 cases of fireworks-related injury compare to higher numbers in the past years. He expressed hope the number will not go higher.

Albayalde said Bulacan police have been vigilant in the efforts to go after illegal manufacturers and dealers. With a report from RR Eleogo/RONDA Balita Online News

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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